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"Distressed after attending the Royal Women's Hospital Victoria. "

About: The Royal Women's Hospital / Maternity

(as the patient),

I’m currently pregnant and so far dealing with Royal Women’s Hospital has been terrible and if I had a choice I'd gone elsewhere, my GP apparently believes I've just received all the incompetent people possible and generally hears good things with the occasional horror stories like mine. first time pregnant so it’s all new to me, I had my midwife booking appointment in which the lady I saw started off lovely until it seemed she calculated my BMI. Well once she worked out my BMI her attitude seemed to changed completely I thought she became quite blunt, sarcastic and nasty towards me then went on because of my weight I am much higher risk I need to see a dietician and only eat protein every meal, I need to go for the gtt test early (that’s fine I get that) then said I need to see an anaesthetist to check if they can get a tube down my throat as I'm over weight and if they will be able to find my spine for an epidural! No further explanation and then said we were done. I left in tears she made me feel horrible about myself and I was too scared to eat anything for 24 hours as I've battled eating issues in the past and had recently lost 30kg so to be told how obese I was and that they won't be able to get a tube down my throat etc was distressing to say the least.. I went to my GP the next day to clarify, my GP just laughed and said how ridiculous that is and that in no way is most of that an issue for me as it only really applies to BMI over 40 and yes I carry extra weight but I carry it well due to my height..

Next up I had my first doc appointment with RWH to check I am healthy enough to be cared for by RWH midwives the doctor I thought seemed nice enough and I explained my anxiety re the midwife and what was said re tubes needles etc and the doctor even said there was no need to be told that as I am very healthy and tall etc. Anyways at my 12 week scan it was identified I have a dermoid cyst and my GP said not to worry and see a gyno after bub is born, so at this appointment with hospital doctor the lady said it's not good it should have been removed at 14-16 weeks pregnant but it’s too late now and that if bub is born c section they will remove then. I asked if they would remove ovary she advised yes most likely as because of it’s size there won’t be any ovarian tissue left and that they would remove the ovary. She then went on to say if I have natural birth they will book me in to have it removed 6 weeks after my baby is born! I tried to ask her questions regarding how will it affect my fertility as I want another baby in time etc and I felt that she just shut me down saying "it won’t" and I wanted to know my other options etc.. So got to the car rather distraught I’m going to have an ovary removed and I’m going to be having surgery 6 weeks after my baby is born and all this.. I was so upset...anyways I decided to go back to my GP to get a referral to a gyno to help discuss my options as I don’t want the RWH just removing my ovary when there might very well be other options! I told my GP the story who seemed shocked and said the doctor had no place at all to say any of that if they were concerned they should have referred me to the gyno at Rwh to discuss my options and that just telling me they will remove my ovary was completely unacceptable and that her saying it will be removed 6 weeks after birth etc without seemingly explaining anything to me or telling me next steps and options is completely incompetent and out of line and has as a result caused me so much anxiety and upset!

I feel I have had Just appalling treatment by RWH oh and I had my GTT test and I came back really, really low risk.. for my early test at 20 weeks but now instead of sending me for the quick one at 26 weeks she’s making me do the full fast one again despite saying I don’t need it.. so apparently wasting my time and putting me under unnecessary stress. Terrible, terrible experience and I wish I went elsewhere!

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